Photo © IMJ, by Max Richardson
Pierre Auguste Renoir
French, 1841–1919
Portrait of Mme. Paulin
Oil on canvas
81.7 x 58.3 cm
Gift of Ogden Phipps, New York, through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation
Public Domain
Accession number: B72.0018
This uncommissioned painting displays the thick, hatched strokes, strong colors, and porcelain-like skin tones typical of Renoir’s high-society portraits. The multicolored, warm red-oranges and gold that predominate in the background serve as a foil to the black-clad figure, the wife of a friend. The gold in her bracelets, pin, earrings, and dress links her to the background. Mme Paulin has the dreamy, meditating countenance that the Impressionists favored as a way of softening the posed quality of traditional portraits.

Sirakovich, Tanya, A Room of Her Own, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2007
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting and Sculpture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2006, English / Hebrew

A Room of Her Own: Portraits of Women from the Israel Museum Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 04/12/2007 - 29/02/2008

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: Ms. Joan Lessing, New York and Jerusalem